Report: 34 Indiana Children Died Of Abuse Or Neglect In Fiscal 2012

Posted On June 09, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

child-abuse-graphic.jpg(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Thirty-four children across Indiana died from abuse or neglect in the 2012 state fiscal year.

The Indiana Department of Child Services recently released its annual child fatality report.

The DCS reviewed 295 deaths statewide between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 and found that 34 of them included substantiated abuse or neglect. That’s six fewer than the previous year.

Two of the child fatalities occurred in Dearborn County during that fiscal year, with one attributed to abuse and the other to neglect. No other southeast Indiana counties appeared in the report.

Sixty-two percent of those victims were one-year-old or younger. Seventeen of the deaths were attributed to homicide, 13 to accidents, one to a natural death, and three were undetermined. A weapon or body part was the cause of death in 44 percent of cases, followed by drowning at 24 percent.

Biological parents committed 68 percent of fatalities in both deadly abuse and neglect cases. Seventeen percent were committed by a parent’s intimate partner.

You can view the entire DCS Child Abuse and Neglect Annual Report at http://www.in.gov/dcs/3197.htm.